ACR’s 2018 AGM & Awards Banquet

Celebrating Industry Achievements & Recognizing Leadership in Alberta

The Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR), once again, held another successful and well-attended Annual Awards Banquet on February 2nd, 2018 at the Shaw Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The evening celebrated both past and present industry achievements in Alberta and recognized the 2017 Resource Leadership Award Winner.

Every year, ACR’s Awards Banquet focuses on acknowledging and celebrating the outstanding contributions made by leaders in the industry. Pat Carlson, Founding Chief Executive Officer and Original Director of Seven Generations Energy was presented with the 2017 Resource Leadership Award for his significant efforts to the sustainable development of Alberta’s natural resources.

Mr. Carlson was selected for this award in recognition of his unique leadership style in pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology that define leading performance in the oil and gas sector. As a creative engineer, instinctual entrepreneur and energy visionary with more than 40 years of professional success, he creates value and expands opportunity in the sweet spot of enterprise.

The evening’s celebrations brought out close to 400 people including government dignitaries, past award winners, industry leaders, students and special guests. The evening was emceed by both professional musician and speaker, Matt Day, who also accompanied entertainer, Marc Beaudin, for some wonderful music on guitar and piano. A keynote presentation was brought by Mr. David Dodge, Senior Advisor for Bennett Jones LLP that focused on Navigating Disrupters and addressing the issue of how society has adapted to radical and technological changes.

Another exciting element of the evening included recognizing and awarding the 2018 ACR Mining Scholarships to students enrolled in the University of Alberta – Faculty of Engineering, School of Mining. These scholarships are sponsored annually by ACR member mining companies.


The Banquet concluded with a presentation welcoming ACR’s new president for 2018-2019. Although goodbyes were said to one leader, the ACR membership warmly welcomed in another to look forward to what lies ahead for the organization. Ron Kruhlak, Partner at McLennan Ross LLP (shown left) exited as President with the incoming new President being Tom Grabowski, CEO for Silvacom Group (shown right).

The staff and membership of ACR are thankful to everyone who supported this year’s banquet – both through sponsorships and attendance. We are proud of another successful year and already look forward to celebrating again in 2019.